Roses are red and violets are blue…
Well, not REALLY!
Anyone who can see knows that violets are well, violet and thus the name for the hue! Rarely are things found in nature BLUE. It is the “wonder-color”-- the color not from this world. It is the rarest of colors on earth...and yet, at the same time we may not even realize it because we are surrounded by it...just look up!
What an extravagant God we have! He fills our days with a shade so rare that to paint it cost the great masters a small fortune as cobalt and lapis lazuli were and still are among the most expensive pigments.
I have become completely enamored of the color blue. Studying the Blue Morpho butterfly has totally convinced me that our God creates beauty and wonder just for His own delight. Only a lavish and generous God would bio-engineer “structural color” to dazzle and amaze.
What’s that? you may ask...
Each tiny scale on the wing of this rare beauty has no blue pigment...it uses optical effect (such as interference, refraction, or diffraction) in such a way that our eye sees blue.
Here is an excerpt from an NPR article to explain further the rarity of blue in nature:
...In fact, of all Earth's inhabitants with backbones, not one is known to harbor blue pigment. Even some of the most brilliantly blue things in nature — a peacock feather, or a blue eye, for example — don't contain a single speck of blue pigment. So, how can they look so blue? ‘They have evolved a new kind of optical technology, if you will, to create this color,’ Prum explains. It's a trick of structure. Blue morpho butterflies are great examples. Biologist Dan Babbitt keeps some at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's insect zoo.
The butterflies have a 6-inch wingspan — one side a dull brown and the other a vibrant, reflective blue. The butterflies have tiny transparent structures on the surface of their wings that bounce light in just the right way to make them appear a vibrant blue that's so bright it almost hurts your eyes. But if you grind up the wings, the dust — robbed of its reflective prism structures — would just look gray or brown. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/11/12/347736896/how-animals-hacked-the-rainbow-and-got-stumped-on-blue
Amazing! The wonder of it all.
Many say the ancients had no word for blue thus it is never found in the Iliad or the Odyssey. Sometimes the beauty of God’s created world is simply...
How fitting that in this month of May, Mary’s month, the sky would be so blue--HER COLOR-- to celebrate our celestial Mother!
Enjoy the BLUE when you see it, and praise God for His extravagant gift of color and the ability to see and enjoy it. And perhaps, in the midst of your busy day, take just a few extra moments to look up and go for an atmospheric swim and splash around in the rarest color ever created. It’s up there...just waiting for you to give thanks to God and jump in!
Hallelujah! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels; give praise, all you his hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the LORD’s name; for he commanded and they were created,
Assigned them their station forever, set an order that will never change.
Psalm 148: 1-6
The more I study nature, the more I am in awe of You! In Your Sacred Scriptures it states this in Job 12:7-9:
“But now ask the beasts to teach you, the birds of the air to tell you;
Or speak to the earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this?”
Yes Lord! Even the animals know that You are the awesome creator God. Please grant me the grace to love and appreciate creation, all that You have so carefully and beautifully made. May it always lead me back to You, the Creator of all...the God of blue skies and blue seas, of blue feathers and blue wings, the extravagant God of all things bright and beautiful. I praise You!
I ask this in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.